Christmas Pretzel M&M Hugs

An easy recipe to add to any homemade holiday gift, these sweet and salty Christmas Pretzel M&M Hugs are irresistible.

The combination of Hershey’s Hugs softened on square pretzels with an M&M on top is decorative and delicious!

Close up red & green M&Ms pushed into hugs slightly melted on pretzels

Pretzel Hugs Recipe

Fresh salty pretzels provide the perfect base for a soft white chocolate Hug and slightly crunchy and colorful M&M. This is the perfect dessert recipe to make with kids of any age.

My only warning is buy some extra ingredients because it’s too hard to avoid snacking on pretzel snaps, hugs and m&ms while making these!

We have several fun recipes with M&Ms like our M&M Cereal Bars, M&M Cookies and M&M Oatmeal Cookie Bars, but this combo on a pretzel is my favorite!

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M&Ms candy adds color and makes these mini treats a little more crunchy and a lot more fun. At Christmas time use red and green M&Ms. At Valentine’s Day use red and pink M&Ms. Easter calls for pastel colors. For the 4th of July, red, white and blue M&Ms are perfect!

Sweet and salty pretzel hugs stacked on a plate

Snyder’s of Hanover Snaps Pretzels are square and sometimes come in a variety called butter snaps. We have a preference for the regular snaps over the butter snaps, but both are high quality pretzels. If square pretzels are difficult to find then small or mini pretzels work fine.

The key to making the best pretzel hugs is to start with fresh pretzels and enjoy these treats within a couple days for maximum freshness.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Square pretzels or mini pretzels
  • Hershey’s hugs
  • M&Ms
Freshly made, slightly shinny Christmas pretzel M&Ms with hugs

Tips

  • Use a fresh, brand new bag of pretzels for fresh treats
  • Have a damp dish cloth nearby to clean up fingers and avoid spreading melted chocolate
  • For maximum freshness enjoy pretzel hugs within 2 – 3 days
  • Be sure to store treats in an air tight bag or container on the counter or in the refrigerator
  • Small batches are easier for kids to manage
  • Parchment paper makes clean-up easy, but the treats will slip around a little bit, a non-stick mat can be a bit easier to use
  • To get perfectly centered M&Ms without any smearing small batches will be the best bet so you can take your time and don’t feel rushed
  • Hugs can be softened in the microwave in small batches, but we prefer the oven for more even heating
Baking sheet with hugs on top of pretzels ready to melt

Step By Step Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with a non-stick cover or parchment paper. Arrange pretzels in a single, flat layer.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Unwrap hugs candy and place the flat side down in the center of the pretzel. One hug fits nicely on one pretzel.
  4. Carefully transport hugs on pretzels to the oven without bumping or jiggling so that hugs stay centered on the pretzels.
  5. When hugs are in the oven don’t walk away and check often over the course of about 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
  6. Once hugs are a bit shinny remove from the oven and place 1 M&M in the center of each hug. Gently push down to help place the M&M as desired.
  7. Allow to cool then store in an airtight bag in a cool place.
Simple layers of pretzels, hugs and M&Ms melted together

More Delicious Desserts for the Holidays:

Oreo Peanut Butter Pie is a combo of a rich peanut butter filling in an Oreo crust.

Cream Cheese Filled Cupcakes are also called black bottom cupcakes and they’re just delicious!

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars melt a sweet cream cheese layer in between chocolate chip cookie dough for a spin on our very popular Cinnamon Cream Cheese Squares.

Printable Christmas Pretzel M&M Hugs

Close up Pretzel M&M Hugs

Christmas Pretzel M&M Hugs

Servings 96 treats
Author: Jennifer
An easy recipe to add to any homemade holiday gift, these sweet and salty Christmas Pretzel M&M Hugs are irresistible.
The combination of Hershey's Hugs softened on square pretzels with an M&M on top is decorative and delicious!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 96 square pretzels
  • 96 hugs
  • 96 M&Ms

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and unwrap hugs candy.
  • Line a baking sheet with a non-stick cover or parchment paper. Arrange pretzels in a single, flat layer.
  • Set one hug with the flat side down in the center of each pretzel. Take care transport hugs on pretzels to the oven without bumping or jiggling so that hugs stay centered on the pretzels.
  • When hugs are in the oven don't walk away and check often over the course of about 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Once hugs are a bit shinny and have begun to soften remove from the oven and place 1 M&M in the center of each hug.
  • Gently push down to help place the M&M as desired.Allow to cool then store in an airtight bag in a cool place.

Notes

  • Use a fresh, brand new bag of pretzels for fresh treats
  • Have a damp dish cloth nearby to clean up fingers and avoid spreading melted chocolate
  • For maximum freshness enjoy pretzel hugs within 2 – 3 days
  • Small batches are easier for kids to manage and less stressful to make
  • Parchment paper makes clean-up easy, but the treats will slip around a little bit, a non-stick mat can be a bit easier to use
  • Hugs can be softened in the microwave in small batches, but we prefer the oven for more even heating

Nutrition

Calories: 31kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 17mgPotassium: 1mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg

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